2016 Canoe Beach Quick Draw – Video

2016 photo fo plein air painters at canoe beach on Maui

Aloha MPAPI followers. This video by Dan McMahon of Maui Island Video was filmed on February 19, 2016 at Canoe Beach in Ka‘anapali. It was the final paint out of the week. This event is a quick draw and allows the public to watch plein air painters create a painting in 2 hours! It is a… Read more

2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational – Post Card

2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Post Card

We know the 2016 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is just around the corner when the printed post cards are finished and ready to mail. If you are on our print mailing list, you will receive one. They will also be available during the event. Collectors and the general public like marketing materials with all the artists… Read more

2015 Schedule of Events

Note to Viewer:  2016 Schedule of Events to be posted by August 7, 2015.  Note that the dates for 2016 are February 13-21.  The 2015 Schedule of Events shown below is to give viewer an idea of components of the week long event. The 2015 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational kicks off February 14 and… Read more

2015 Participating Artists

  We look forward to welcoming the Participating Artists for the 2015 Maui Plein Air Invitational to the warm breezes and beautiful sunsets of Maui.  25 artists have been selected to paint during the week-long event.  Artists come from throughout Hawaii as well as the mainland USA.  Their works represent a wide variety of painting… Read more

2014 Schedule of Events

jodo mission in lahaina maui hawaii

The 2014 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational kicks off February 15 and runs through February 23. See you there!   2014 Schedule of Events Saturday, February 15, 7:30 a.m. to Noon.  Kick off Paint Out Lahaina Jodo Mission and vicinity (mission grounds, Baby Beach, or Mala Wharf).  Artists begin the event at the mission vicinity and… Read more

View Slideshow from Past MPAPI Event

We have compiled a video slideshow for you of over 150 photos taken by Herb Hartmann during our 2012 event. Since so many of our painters and visitors return year after year, you are sure to see some familiar faces! We would like to thank Kevin and Ikaika Brown for sharing their lovely slack key… Read more

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Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Gala Reception – 2013

Maui No Ka Oi Gala Art Opening 2013

The final gala reception for the artists was standing room only as the art was flying off the walls! We are ever so grateful to Maui Nō Ka ʻOi Magazine for being our sponsor for the eighth year in a row! This video features artists Betty Hay Freeland, Colleen Howe Bleinberger, Scott W. Prior, Hiu… Read more

Sunset Paint Out in Lahaina – 2013

photo of Betty Hay Freeland - Sunset Paint Out

Can you imagine anything more inspiring for a plein air painter than a two hour sunset paint out here at Kamehameha ʻIki Park in Lahaina? The scenery and subjects are so diverse – from outrigger canoes, to banana trees, to hula dancers, and of course surfboards. Join us as the artists spread out and paint… Read more

Lahaina News Features MPAPI Workshops – 2013

The following is an excerpt from the Lahaina News. Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Offers 2 Artists Workshops The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational announces the offering of two Three-Day Plein Air Workshops led by award-winning artists and oil painters Randall Sexton on February 13-15 and Mary Pettis on February 25-27, 2013. Sexton, a three-time… Read more

8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational Showcases Isle, Artists, and Aloha Spirit

LAHAINA, Maui, Hawaii – On February 16-24, 2013, the 8th Annual Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational will bring together 25 of the finest plein air painters from Hawaii and U.S. mainland to compete, reconnect and create original works of art. The public can experience the island captured on canvas as participating artists paint on location… Read more

Event Organizers

Event Co-Sponsors:
Ronaldo Macedo, Artist & Co-Founder Islanders
Lois Reiswig, President, Maui ARTS League

Contact us by email:
Katherine Smith, MPAPI Event Coordinator

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Maui Arts League is excited to offer two plein air painting workshops in conjunction with the February, 2018 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. Both professional artists excel at ‘teaching.’  It is one thing to be a great artist, and yet another to be a superior instructor. Our workshop teachers are selected from the group of MPAPI professional ‘visiting artists’. Leon Holmes from Australia and Morgan Samuel Price from Florida will share their painting knowledge and techniques with  workshop attendees. You won’t want to miss out.

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